Cook County Rounds: New Health Access Program for Uninsured, New Outpatient Building Coming Soon

After a two-year effort, the Healthy Communities Cook County coalition (HC3), (of which Doctors Council is a member) has successfully advocated to the Cook County board for the creation of a new program that will help uninsured Cook County residents gain access to low-to-no-cost health care within the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS).

Approved by the Cook County Board on September 14, 2016, the new program will direct uninsured Cook County residents earning up to double the federal poverty level to CCHHS primary care clinics to receive care. Doctors Council SEIU supports the effort to expand access to uninsured residents of Cook County by informing them of the services available to them at the CCHHS and guiding them away from emergency rooms to local medical homes where they will receive quality preventative care.

The HC3 coalition is comprised of grassroots community organizations, direct service providers, labor groups, and policy groups. HC3 has sought to address the lack of primary and preventive health care access available to low-income and uninsurable Cook County residents and has received the support of Cook County Commissioners Gainer, and Garcia, and Steele since its inception.

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“We are excited for the new direct access program to kick off because it means many patients who we might have previously seen only in emergency room visits can now gain access to a primary care physician and develop a long-term health care plan for themselves and their families,” Doctors Council Vice President and CCHHS doctor Dr. Simon Piller said.

Patients will receive a membership card that will make getting services from anywhere within the CCHHS much easier, including more than a dozen primary clinics and both Stroger and Provident hospitals.


In other Cook County news, the state has granted approval to CCHHS’ request to build the Central Campus Health Center—a nine-story, 280,000 square-foot outpatient services building (pictured above) next to Stroger Hospital.

CCHHS hopes to open the new building in the fall of 2018, offering a modern patient experience while reducing operating costs and capital renewals for outdated and dilapidated facilities. As part of the move, a women and children’s health center will move to the fourth floor of Stroger, where Labor and Delivery and inpatient pediatrics are currently housed. Outpatient pediatrics, OB/GYN, and prenatal services will also be moved to the fourth floor of Stroger.

“Doctors Council SEIU welcomes the state’s decision in the broader context of continued need for capital investment in the Cook County Health and Hospitals System,” Doctors Council President Dr. Frank Proscia said. “In these times when more often we hear about cuts and closures, any commitment to fortify and enhance our public safety net facilities is a good thing.”

Doctors Council Supports IDNYC!

The City of New York is providing free government-issued photo identification cards, the IDNYC, for all NYC residents 14 years of age and older.  IDNYC is good for patient care! Our patients at NYC Health + Hospitals can use their IDNYC card to streamline patient registration and ease access to medical records. The IDNYC card will also serve as a membership card for ActionHealthNYC  participants receiving health care services at designated NYC Health + Hospitals locations.  A full list of IDNYC benefits is available at www.nyc.gov/benefits.

(Pictured above, NYC Health + Hospitals CEO, Dr. Ram Raju and Doctors Council 1st Vice President, Dr. Matthews Hurley at Lincoln Hospital on IDNYC Day 2016.)

Doctors Council SEIU Supports IDNYC

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The City of New York is providing free government-issued photo identification cards, the IDNYC, for all NYC residents 14 years of age and older.  IDNYC is good for patient care! Our patients at NYC Health + Hospitals can use their IDNYC card to streamline patient registration and ease access to medical  records. The IDNYC card will also serve as a membership card for ActionHealthNYC participants receiving health care services at designated NYC Health + Hospitals locations.  A full list of IDNYC benefits is available atwww.nyc.gov/benefits.

Remainder of September: Stop by our Tables & Support NYC H+H by Encouraging Gov. Cuomo to Sign the Enhanced Safety Net Bill!

The Future of NYC H+H Depends on Us.

 

Please bring your colleagues and stop by our tables to sign the petition to protect and save H+H and encourage Gov. Cuomo to sign the Enhanced Safety Net bill.

 

Tuesday, September 20:
East NY, 1st Floor Lobby Entrance,  9am-5pm
Metropolitan Hospital, 1st Floor Lobby Entrance (1st Ave Side),  9am-5pm


Thursday, September 22:
Dr. Susan Smith McKinney, 1st Floor Lobby Entrance,  9am-5pm


Friday, September 23:
Sea View, 1st Floor Lobby Entrance, 9am-5pm


Monday, September 26:
Renaissance, 1st Floor Lobby, 10am-5pm


Tuesday, September 27:
Cumberland, 1st Floor Lobby, 9am-5pm

As you have probably heard by now, New York City Health + Hospitals faces a $1.8 billion financial crisis, which left unaddressed, threatens the very existence of the system, our jobs, and most importantly, the health care of the 1.2 million New Yorkers who depend on the care we provide every year.

The New York State Legislature has passed a bill, the Enhanced Safety Net bill, which would assist Health + Hospitals in capturing a fairer share of funding meant for hospitals that treat the largest number of uninsured or Medicaid patients. This wouldn’t completely solve H+H’s fiscal problems, but it would be a helpful start.

Let’s encourage Governor Cuomo to sign the bill into law. Working together with the other unions of H+H, we have created a petition to ask Gov. Cuomo to sign the Enhanced Safety Net bill into law.

We, in coordination with other unions, will be tabling at all H+H facilities to gather signatures and urge you and your colleagues to stop by and take a brief moment to add your name to the petition. Above is a list of the dates, times, and locations we will be tabling next week. Future sites and times will be announced shortly.

In Unity,

Dr. Frank Proscia
Doctors Council President

Take Action Now and Protect NYC Health + Hospitals-Sign the Online Petition Asking Gov. Cuomo to Sign the Enhanced Safety Net Bill!

The Future of NYC H+H Depends on Us.

Doctors Council, along with other unions and community advocates, has been gathering signatures on a petition asking Gov. Cuomo to sign the Enhanced Safety Net bill, which if signed, would assist New York City Health + Hospitals in capturing a fairer share of funding meant for hospitals that treat the largest number of uninsured or Medicaid patients. NYC Health + Hospitals faces a $1.8 billion financial crisis, which left unaddressed, threatens the very existence of the system, jobs, and most importantly, the health care of the 1.2 million New Yorkers who depend on the care provided every year.

The New York State Legislature has passed the bill. This wouldn’t completely solve H+H’s fiscal problems, but it would be a helpful start.  Let’s encourage Governor Cuomo to sign the bill into law.

Please take a brief moment to sign the online version of our petition by clicking on this link. Even if you have signed the paper version of this petition, please feel free to sign this online petition as well. More information about the Enhanced Safety Net bill is available on the Change.org petition page. Your participation helps all of us advocate to protect the public safety-net health system in NYC, Health + Hospitals, as well as safety-net facilities throughout New York State.

In Unity,

Dr. Frank Proscia
Doctors Council President

Week of Sept. 6-9: Stop by our Tables & Support NYC H+H by Encouraging Gov. Cuomo to Sign the Enhanced Safety Net Bill!

The Future of NYC H+H Depends on Us.

 

Please bring your colleagues and stop by our tables to sign the petition to protect and save H+H and encourage Gov. Cuomo to sign the Enhanced Safety Net bill.

 

Tuesday, September 6:
Gouverneur, 1st Floor Lobby  9am-5pm


Wednesday, September 7:
Henry J. Carter, 1st Floor near the Culinary Room, 9am-5pm


Thursday, September 8:
Jacobi Medical Center, Ground Floor Atrium of Building 8, 9am-5pm
Queens Hospital, 1st Floor Corridor between N & A Buildings, 9am-5pm


Friday, September 9:
Coler Specialty Hospital, 1st Floor Lobby, 9am-5pm

 

As you have probably heard by now, New York City Health + Hospitals faces a $1.8 billion financial crisis, which left unaddressed, threatens the very existence of the system, our jobs, and most importantly, the health care of the 1.2 million New Yorkers who depend on the care we provide every year.

The New York State Legislature has passed a bill, the Enhanced Safety Net bill, which would assist Health + Hospitals in capturing a fairer share of funding meant for hospitals that treat the largest number of uninsured or Medicaid patients. This wouldn’t completely solve H+H’s fiscal problems, but it would be a helpful start.

Let’s encourage Governor Cuomo to sign the bill into law. Working together with the other unions of H+H, we have created a petition to ask Gov. Cuomo to sign the Enhanced Safety Net bill into law.

We, in coordination with other unions, will be tabling at all H+H facilities to gather signatures and urge you and your colleagues to stop by and take a brief moment to add your name to the petition. Above is a list of the dates, times, and locations we will be tabling next week. Future sites and times will be announced shortly.

In Unity,

Dr. Frank Proscia
Doctors Council President

Stop by our Tables & Support NYC H+H by Encouraging Gov. Cuomo to Sign the Enhanced Safety Net Bill!

The Future of NYC H+H Depends on Us.

As you have probably heard by now, New York City Health + Hospitals faces a $1.8 billion financial crisis, which left unaddressed, threatens the very existence of the system, our jobs, and most importantly, the health care of the 1.2 million New Yorkers who depend on the care we provide every year.

The New York State Legislature has passed a bill, the Enhanced Safety Net bill, which would assist Health + Hospitals in capturing a fairer share of funding meant for hospitals that treat the largest number of uninsured or Medicaid patients. This wouldn’t completely solve H+H’s fiscal problems, but it would be a helpful start.

Let’s encourage Governor Cuomo to sign the bill into law. Working together with the other unions of H+H, we have created a petition to ask Gov. Cuomo to sign the Enhanced Safety Net bill into law.

We, in coordination with other unions, will be tabling at all H+H facilities to gather signatures and urge you and your colleagues to stop by and take a brief moment to add your name to the petition. Below is a list of the dates, times, and locations we will be tabling next week. Future sites and times will be announced shortly.

In Unity,

Dr. Frank Proscia
Doctors Council President

Monday, August 29:
Harlem Hospital Center, 1st Floor Lobby of MLK Pavilion 9am-5pm


Tuesday, August 30:
Bellevue Hospital, Ground Floor Atrium/Lobby 9am-5pm


Wednesday, August 31:
Kings County Hospital, S Building, 1st Floor Lobby 9am-5pm


Thursday, September 1:
Elmhurst Hospital Center, H Building 1st floor Lobby 9am-5pm
Lincoln Hospital, Across from Towers Cafe 1st floor Lobby 9am-5pm